John 10:27-30 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.”
When God first created man, He saw that we could not exist alone and isolated.
Genesis 2:18 “And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.”
We are created to be in a relationship. We have been created first to have a relationship with our Creator. God made us for His good pleasure. Once He created Adam, he said:
Genesis 1:31 “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”
Every day prior, He said, “It was good.” But, once man came on the scene, He called His creation very good. We are special. Formed in God’s likeness and image, we have a special place in the heart of God.
He desires fellowship with us.
As saved children of God, He commands us to walk with Him.
Micah 6:8 “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”
When two walks together, they agree.
Amos 3:3 “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”
If we have hurt someone or have hurt us, close fellowship is the last thing we desire. If a child has disobeyed their parent, a spouse has wounded the other, a friendship betrayed, or a mentor has fallen, the breach needs repair for close fellowship restored.
As this world grows more selfish, we, who name the name of God, must be zealous to keep our relationships right.
One of the most appealing aspects of our relationship with our Heavenly Father is that we are indeed known for who we are.
There is no pretense, no mask, no hiding.
Our Father knows that person we are on the inside. Not only that, but He also loves us unconditionally and without reservation. He looks beyond our faults and failures and desires to have a close, personal, and intimate fellowship with His children.
We hide certain things from even those we say we love fearing that if they knew, they wouldn’t like us or love us very much. God breaks through all our boundaries and tells us that he will love us – no matter what.
Just as Adam and Eve hid in the garden, we too desire to keep our sin hidden from God.
Jeremiah 31:3 “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”
He sees all the uncomely parts and still desires to come close.
Our enemy preys upon our ignorance of this love. When we fail, he is right there to accuse us to the Father. He also speaks to our heart and tells us:
“How could God love someone like you?”
“How could you think God would want you after what you did?”
He speaks rapidly and presses our spirit to try to get us to believe his lies. God knew we would sin. His heart is for us to come to Him once we do to make the relationship right once again.
Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.“
1 John 1:8-9 “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.“
The very fact that God was there when I committed my sin is sobering. Couple with the fact that He knows far more than we would ever care to admit to ourselves.
He knows our thoughts, that inner voice that anyone rarely hears.
He knows our entire being and what we are capable of doing.
Once saved, He wants us to begin doing that which He created us to do. We have works to accomplish.
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
He has given each of us gifts and talents used for His glory.
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 “Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.“
But more specifically, we are known of God. He knows us by name.
John 20:16 “Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.“
Jesus knew Mary.
He knew Peter, James, and John.
He knew Lazarus, Zacchaeus, and Philip.
Can you envision the day when we will be called out by name to come into His presence?
There are a comfort and a sense of calm that comes over us when we come into the presence of those whom we know.
We drop our guard.
We lower the mask.
We do not hide our true selves from their eyes.
It is this very truth that allows us to have such close fellowship with our Heavenly Father. There should be no pretense, no hiding, lying, or deception. God already knows – even before we acknowledge our wrongdoing.
We all have a besetting sin.
Hebrews 12:1 “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us“
We must not compare ourselves among ourselves. The Word of God tells us it is not wise.
2 Corinthians 10:12 “For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”
Because we are known so personally, so intimately by God, we can be utterly honest and transparent with Him. There is a sense of peace and release when we do. Once we confess and repent of our sin, I know that it will never be brought up again.
Hebrews 8:12 “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.”
God has the upper hand in our relationship. He knows us better than we know ourselves. But, the closer we come in contact with His love and His presence, the more we know of God.
Some have been fortunate to have found such a person with whom they can share their innermost thoughts and feelings. The Word of God reveals that every child of God has that with their Heavenly Father.
Jesus tells us:
Matthew 11:28-30 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
We fear to be known because we want to be accepted, loved, and secure. We shrink from it because the past is full of wounds from those who have hurt us, mocked us, ridiculed us, and rejected us. We find it hard to trust because that trust is fragile.
But not so with God.
He is worthy of our trust, our faith, and our love. He is deserving of our praise and worship. He is worthy of all that we are, all we will be, and all we possess.
Some feel unwanted, but not so with God.
When we are known of Him, He accepts us lock, stock, and barrel. We are His purchased possession.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
Being known as we are by God, frees us to worship openly, humbly, and without reservation.
One day, we all hope to hear,
Matthew 25:21 “His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”
Or like Mary, to be called out by the Lord Jesus. God knows us by name. Let it be the motivating force to know Him before we meet.